Thursday, March 31, 2016

Books for Our Favorite #StoryGirls - Children's Literature & YA Books for Women's History Month 2016

March 2016 is behind us, and spring has sprung! This week, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at both Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, I spent time at the University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Children's Book Center for the very first time. What an outstanding resource for the children's literature community! Director K.T. Horning was a wonderful host, as were the Center's librarians and graduate students. I hope to visit again soon.

As we conclude another Women's History Month, the SuperFriends and I are pleased to share our picks that feature amazing #StoryGirls. Every day, on our @HealingFictions Twitter account, we have shared our recommendations. Here is the full March 2016 list (with thanks to our wonderful moderator Amy Brown):

March 1. Wangari Maathai, Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illus. Sonia Lynn Sadler
March 2. Millo, Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illus. Rafael López
March 3. Fannie Lou Hamer, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. Ekua Holmes
March 4. Malala Yousafzai, I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
March 5. Mo'ne Davis, Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name by Mo'ne Davis
March 6. Jazz Jennings, I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, illus. McNicholas
March 7. Nasreen, Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter
March 8. Frida Kahlo, Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
March 9. CeCe, El Deafo by CeCe Bell
March 10. Naomi, Becoming Naomi Leon by Pamela Munoz Ryan
March 11. Marisol, Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown, illus. Sarah Palacios
March 12. Margie, Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada & Gabriel Zubizarreta
March 13. Melody, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
March 14. Kira, Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
March 15. Caitlin, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
March 16. Joyce, Blue Tights by Rita Williams-Garcia
March 17. Junie, Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal by Barbara Parks
March 18. Rubina, Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illus. Sophie Blackall
March 19. Aya, Aya by Marguerite Abouet
March 20. Zita, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
March 21. Chloe, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
March 22. Willimena, Willimena Rules series by Valerie Eilson Wesley
March 23. Alexandria and friends, Sugar Plum Ballerinas by Whoopi Goldberg
March 24. Grace, Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. LeUyen Pham
March 25. Evelyn, The Revolution of Evelyn by Sonia Manzano 
March 26. Annemarie, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
March 27. Jazmin, The Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell, illus. Eric Velasquez
March 28. Delphine, Vonetta, & Fern, P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
March 29. Gloria, Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe
March 30. Kamala, Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
March 31. Anna, Migrant by Maxine Trottier 

Lifting as we climb -- always!

Ebony and the SuperFriends 

(P.S. Look for our AARI 2016 interviews with Julius Lester & Arnold Adoff very soon... still transcribing!)


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